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Cannot get starter to turn engine over with ignition switch,pulled relay out and ran a hot wire to starter side of relay and starter engaged.

WHILE DRIVING MY DODGE CARVAN SHUT DOWN. TURNING THE IGNITION SWICTH WILL ONLY TURN DASHBOARD LIGHTS ON .CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON AND GOES OUT ,AS IT SHOULD. THE IGNITION SWITCH WILL NOT TURN THE ENGINE OVER AND NOT FIRING. ENGINE WILL TURN OVER WHEN VOLTAGE IS APPLIED DIRECTLY TO STARTER SELENOID.

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I would try what the 2 people said first of all then if that does not fix the problem I would look for a blow fuse link wire which is a real ***** but with a simple light wire tester you can find the one blown if you have one burnt out. The fuselink wires should be situated near firewall by brake booster good luck

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Then check the key switch may be defective or the fuse might have blow out...............

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Try to start it in neutral if does then you have a bad neutral swich

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